Within a company, it is critical to have a cohesive and motivated team for several reasons: employees work more efficiently and productively and are willing to collaborate, share their skills, and support each other to achieve common goals. Communication turns out to be more effective, which means having fewer misunderstandings and conflicts.
Employees are also more likely to stay with the company for the long term, which reduces the costs associated with finding and training new employees. They turn out to be more likely to come up with new ideas and think creatively; to produce a higher quality of work done, reducing stress and absenteeism. The environment turns out to be more positive, within which greater mutual trust is created that allows for creative and effective solutions, as well as providing opportunities for professional development and growth for its members. This incentivizes them to improve their skills and take on new responsibilities.
In summary, a cohesive and motivated team has a positive impact on the organization in terms of productivity, quality of work, internal and external relationships, employee well-being, and overall success. Investing in strengthening team building and motivating team members is therefore an important strategic action for any organization.
But what is team building?
“Team building” is a practice aimed at strengthening relationships, improving communication and promoting collaboration among members of a work group within an organization. This practice involves a series of activities and strategies designed to help team members better understand each other, trust each other, and work together more effectively. Team building activities can range from games and physical challenges to workshops, laboratories, and problem- or scenario-based activities.
There are outdoor activities such as
, which aims to develop orientation skills and group planning; or
, which requires collaboration and problem solving.
But also indoor activities such as the
, which can promote problem solving and collaboration, and the
a game that tests creativity and ingenuity.
There are labs and workshops, such as the Communication Lab, where participants perform communication exercises with the aim of improving their active listening skills and effective communication; or the Leadership Workshop involving discussions and activities focused on developing leadership skills within the group.
Activities can also be based on Problem Solving such as the
which requires collaboration and problem solving; or Business Simulations where participants face simulated business scenarios, making decisions and managing challenges together. This improves group planning and strategy skills.
These are just a few examples of team building activities, but there are many more. The choice of activities should be based on the specific goals of team building and the preferences of the participants. Activities can be tailored to address the specific challenges of the group or organization.
How to organize a team building event
Organizing a team building event requires careful planning especially in the needs of the team. Therefore, to organize an effective team building event, it is essential to set clear objectives: what do you want to achieve with team building? For example, improving communication, strengthening cohesion, developing leadership skills, etc. Know the Team: understand the preferences, strengths and weaknesses (to be improved) of team members.
This will help select activities that are relevant and engaging. Ensure that the activities are suitable for the physical and psychological abilities of the participants. Plan the location and date: Outdoor activities may require a place such as a park or recreational facility, while workshops can take place in the office or a conference center. Establish a Budget that can cover the costs of activities, food, transportation (if necessary) and any other related expenses. Plan logistics: arrange logistical details such as transportation, refreshments, equipment needed for activities, event program, and discussion sessions. Make sure everything is well planned to avoid interruptions during the event.
Communicate clearly with event participants: provide them with all necessary information, such as dates, times, location, and what to expect. If activities require specific skills or expert supervision, make sure you have qualified vendors or instructors available to lead the activities. Define and follow the direction of the event to manage the activities efficiently. Be prepared to handle unexpected events or challenges that may arise. Highlighting achievements at the end of the event: recognizing successes and strengthening the team’s sense of accomplishment.
After the event, it is necessary to collect feedback from participants to evaluate the effectiveness of the team building activity. Use the results to make improvements in the future and continue to encourage collaboration and application of lessons learned in the daily work environment even post Team Building.
Organizing a team building event takes time, effort, and attention to detail, but the benefits to the team and the organization can be significant. Careful planning and proper event design will contribute to the success of the event and the company.
Many companies, both small and large, greatly promote team building activities by getting more benefits from staff. One example is Google, known for its creative and innovative team building activities. The company has implemented programs such as “Project Aristotle” to improve team dynamics. According to a New York Times article, the project helped improve team cohesion, with a 180% increase in teamwork effectiveness.
Investing in team building activities is therefore an effective way to improve team cohesion, employee motivation, communication and many other dynamics within the organization. These benefits result in a healthier and more productive work environment, contributing to the overall success of the company.